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National Cat Health Month

Discussing The Importance Of Cat Health And The Month-Long Holiday The Promotes It

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it is jam packed with all sorts of wonderful holidays. Aside from Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, February contains many month-long pet-themed holidays too. Pet Dental Health Month, Dog Training Education Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month, and more! This particular article will focus on the month-long holiday known as National Cat Month.

The Importance Of The Holiday

January was National Cat Lovers Month which segues perfectly into February being National Cat Health Month. Like most pet-themed holidays, this holiday aims to raise awareness and educate people on a particular topic. More specifically, about the importance of cat health. Cats are often perceived as being low maintenance and easy to care for. However, cats still require a great deal of attention and care in order for them to stay happy and healthy.

Cat Health Tips

Every cat owner wants what is best for their feline friend. However, not every cat owner has the knowledge or information to give their cat the best life possible. Here are a few general tips and pieces of advice that can benefit your cat’s health. Whether you’re a new cat owner or an experienced cat owner, this information could prove useful.

Dental Health:

Surprisingly enough, cats do not brush their own teeth. Cats should have their teeth brushed on a regular basis, but that’s easier said than done. We encourage you to try and form a routine for brushing your cat’s teeth. For a more comprehensive guide on cat teeth brushing, check out the Blue Valley Animal Hospital website.

Annual Checkup:

Cats can’t tell us about their problems and they are very skilled at masking their pain. That’s why annual checkups are so important for cats. Having your cat examined at least once a year by your veterinarian is essential for their overall health. Veterinarians are trained to find things that are wrong with your pets before any serious symptoms occur. Catching an illness or disease early on can literally save your cat’s life.


While your cat is getting their annual checkup, they can also get their vaccinations. Staying up-to-date on your cat’s vaccinations is very important as they protect your furry friend from diseases and illnesses. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, the four essential cat vaccines are for Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), Feline caliciviral disease, Feline panleukopenia (FPL), and Rabies.

Spay Or Neuter:

According to the A.S.P.C.A. roughly 530,000 shelter cats are euthanized in the U.S. every year. This makes overpopulation the leading cause of death of healthy pet cats in America. Cat overpopulation is a serious problem in the U.S. and can only be solved by responsible pet owners like you. Having your cat spayed or neutered will help the cat overpopulation crisis as your cats won’t be contributing to the excess number of felines in America.

Quality Diet:

Your cat deserves the best and their diet is no exception. When buying dry or wet food for your cat, pay close attention to the ingredients list on the nutritional label. The first ingredient will be the most prominent ingredient in the food. The second being the second most prominent and so on. Try to avoid any cat foods with chemical preservatives, corn meal, carbohydrate fillers, and meat byproducts.

How You Can Get Involved

This February, we encourage you to really embrace National Cat Health Month by going above and beyond for your feline friend. We hope this article helps give you some ideas and inspiration for improving your cat’s health and quality of life. If you enjoyed this cat-themed article, be sure to check out our other cat-themed articles on the Cowtown Cat Cuddlers website located under the blog section. Wishing you and your feline friend a happy and healthy February!

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